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Keeping Your Antagonist Pro-Story
April 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm| $10 for non-members
What elevates a story from good to great? How do two chefs start off with the same ingredients, but one of them ends up with a sublime dish while the other is merely adequate – sustaining, certainly, but nothing to write home about?
Clearly, there are many elements that go into crafting a story, and every writer combines them differently. According to Terry Lee, he postulates that a story is only as good as its antagonist, and that in many ways this is the undiscovered country of character for many aspiring writers.
We’ll examine the role of the protagonist, the antagonist and some of the innovative ways these two tango (or tangle) together. He’ll try to bring enough models to spark a lively conversation, and together we’ll test this theory and see if it holds.
Terry Lee was the orphaned son of missionary parents, shipwrecked upon the shores of Africa, where he was eventually adopted and raised by a friendly tribe of apes. He taught himself to read, write and eventually speak english, using both his jungle-learned strength and his innate ingenuity to gain sovereignty over both the savage jungle as well as the “civilized” world.
Nah, not really.
In truth, Terry Lee is another big, dull white guy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a degree in theatre as well as one in film, and a strong ken for all things pop-culture, especially comic books, films and new media. He works as a producer in reality television for such series as “Ghost Mine” and “Extreme Makeover:Home Edition”, where his primary function is keeping the trains running on time and at projected cost. He has an eleven-year old daughter named Rae who keeps him on his toes, and his new bride Vanessa also keeps him from attempting anything too stupid. Together they raise their Great Dane Moxie and their ever expanding fat cat Harriet in Long Beach, CA. He flirts with the idea of writing, but uses all of the convenient excuses previously listed to keep him from doing any real work.